Descendants of John Elleman, Sr. of England

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John Elleman, Sr. of England

The ancestor of the Ellemans in this country was Enos Elleman, a native of Wales. His father, John Elleman, was an Englishman and his mother, Mary, a Welsh woman. The time of his coming to America is not known. He seems to have come to New Jersey [Pennsylvania] and from there to. . .Orange County, North Carolina, before 1758. The family remained here until sometime between 1766 and 1769, when they came to Bush River, North Carolina [SC].

    "Centennial Anniversary Of West Branch Monthly Meeting of Friends," Internet Archive "American Libraries," No Date, <> 15 March 2009.

John Elleman, Sr. was born 6/5/1696 Oxfordshire, England. John is possibly the son of John Ellyman who is enumerated in a 1662 Hearth Tax for Oxfordshire. The circumstances of John's migration to America are not known. As most of the records for John are found in Quaker records, reasonable conjecture leads to the belief that he was part of the migration stream of Welsh and English Quakers to Pennsylvania. And sometime prior to 1724, John migrated to the Colony of Pennsylvania, a haven for Quakers.

The first record for John is found in 5/1724 where he was appointed a representative from Uwchland Preparative Meeting, Chester Co PA. On 3/25/1724 at Goshen MM in Chester Co PA, John posted bands to wed Mary John b. 10/15/1706 in Wales. And, the marriage was performed on 3/25/1725.

The next record for John is found in 1745 in Berne Twp, Lancaster (now Berks) Co PA where John was granted two acres to establish a Quaker Meeting House. Conjecture leads to the belief that this was Maiden Creek Meeting House, a Preparatory Meeting vic. Leesport PA. John may have not moved his family until 1746 after the marriage of daughter Dorcas. Later John and family are cited attending Exeter MM in Exter Twp. And, this was the Meeting House where Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln's grandfather attended.

John's family's migration from Pennsylvania to Orange Co NC can be traced through records of Moses Embree who married daughter Margaret. In 1752 Moses and Margaret were married at Exeter MM in Berks Co PA. On 7/26/1753 they were released by certificate to Cane Creek MM near Snow Camp, Orange (now Alamance) Co NC where they were received in 1754. Family migration was the rule as opposed to the exception. It is reasonable to believe that the Elleman Family migrated either in the company of or directly following Moses Embree to Orange Co NC. And, John and Mary were received at Cane Creek MM which is near Snow Camp, Orange (now Alamance) Co NC.

The family next migrated by 6/3/1769 to Bush River, Newberry Co SC where they were received at Bush River MM. John and Mary lived the remainder of their lives in Newberry Co SC where John died on 9/5/1775. And, John is buried in the Quaker cemetery.

Marriage intentions are found in Goshen MM, Pa. twelfth month, 25th day, 1724, for John Elleman and Mary John
Chester Co Will Book A, p. 227:
Probate for William Fabian, Uwchlan Twp, 
Written March 25, 1727. Probated April 3, 1727.
To daughter Elizabeth 8 with interest from this date to the daughter of her age. All remainder to wife Sarah also executrix. Witnesses: John Elleman, Owen John.
Whereas John Griffith of the township of Uwchlan in the County of Chester, in the Province of Pennsylvania, and Mary John the daughter of Samuel John of Uwchlan of aforesaid having declared their intentions of marriage before several monthly meetings, of the people called Quakers, held at Goshen in the said County. . .
Witnesses: John Elemen, Mary Elemen, Samuel John, Margaret John, Griffith John, William John, Eleanor John, Evan John, Joshua John. . . .
John Elleman patented tract 69 in 1735 and also bought a part of tract 73.
In 1745, Berne Township, Lancaster (now Berks) Co. Pa. the propropataries granted two acre s of land to John Ellyman for use of a congregation called Quakers.
Friends Meeting House [Exeter MM]:
Deeded by George Boone, Jr. on December 24, 1736 for the sum of twenty shillings. In 1784, John Lee who purchased the George Boone Jr. farm, deeded one-quarter acre of land to be used for burials. The cemetery was filled with graves and in 1818 was filled with ground to allow more burials on top of existing graves.
Ency of Quaker Genealogy, By Hinshaw
Cane Creek MM, Orange Co NC
1759,8,4. John (Elimon) roc.
1759,8,4. Mary (with h) & dt, Dinah, rocf Exeter MM.
Ency of Quaker Genealogy, By Hinshaw
Cane Creek MM, Orange Co NC
1769,6,3. Eliman, Mary (with h) gct Fredericksburg


    1. Thomas Elleman

    2. Dorcas Elleman b. 5/12/1728 Goshen, Chester Co PA

    3. Margaret Elleman

1755 E516 EMBRAY John N/A N/A N/A Tax Roll 
1755 E516 EMBRAY Moses N/A N/A N/A Tax Roll
Washington County List of Taxables
Taken the 20 day of Jan. 1790 John Chesolm Esq.
A List of taxables for the Year 1790 taken by John Chesolm Esq.
                Number              Free White  Black 
Persons Names   Acres   Situation   Poles       Poles 

Isaac Embree            Nolachucky  1 
John Weir       100     Cherokee
Moses Embree    100     Nolachucky

    4. Enos Elleman

"Encloyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy" by WW Hinshaw 1969 p 1015
Early members of Bush River Meeting. . .Enos ELLEMAN, Moses EMBREE. . . .

    5. Esther Elleman

    6. Sarah Elleman

    7. John Elleman

Newberry Co Deed Book D2, p. 12-17:
Jan 21-22, 1779. Wm Hilburn and wife Jane of Ninety-Six District, farmer, to George McKinney of same, for  200 SC money, 100 acres on water of Bush River adj Mathias Elmore and Thomas Shaw, granted Sept 3, 1774 to said William Hilburn.
Wit: William Hilburn, John Ellemon, Abnew Allemon.
Proved in Newberry Co. by the statement of John Elleman May 30, 1797. Recorded Jun 16, 1797. 

    8. Dinah Elleman

    9. Abner Elleman

Generation #2


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